Navigating the River

Week of December 16

A note about next week ...

To support our students to do their best on the final assessments of the semester, we have developed a schedule that allows for breaks and review time for every class. In reviewing the schedule for midterm week, you will notice that no assessments are scheduled for Thursday, December 19th. This is so that we are able to design quality instructional and relationship building experiences for that date in every class just as we did on the first days of school this year. We believe that this will be a healthy and engaging way to end our first semester.

I humbly request that we have your partnership in assuring that your child is in attendance for the full day each day of the midterm week. I do understand that there are some circumstances that will require some students to be absent. I am requesting your cooperation in avoiding any early check outs that week. Last year, I made this same request, and both teachers and students shared that it allowed for a smooth, stress-free transition to the holiday. Thank you for helping to make that happen!

If it is a necessity to check your child out early, please be aware that our check-out process requires the following:

  • Your child’s student number (available in parent portal)
  • A government issued photo identification
  • The person checking the student out must be listed in parent portal. Click HERE for instructions on how to add individuals to a student record.

Thank you for the multitude of ways that you support RMS!

What is happening on the River?

Upcoming Dates

December 16-18 Mid-Terms

December 19 - H3 Day in your PJs ($1 supports PTSO)

December 20-January 6th - No School

January 7th - Students Return to school

Panther Basketball Season is Here!!

Game Schedule

December 18 - Boys at Piney Grove; Girls vs. Piney Grove at Home

Come support our Panthers!

Access the complete basketball schedule HERE. Students are welcome to join us after school for home games. A game day permission slip is required. Students: $4 and Adults: $6 with concessions available.

For nights where there are two games, students must be picked up by 7:30pm. Students who are not picked up on time may be required to have a parent attend the game with them.

Restorative Circle Updates

Next week, with midterms and final assessments for the semester taking place, we have removed Flex Time and the Restorative Circles time from the schedule. Teachers are having ongoing conversations with students about managing their stress and ensuring that they are taking some time to enjoy a fun activity or a break with family and friends even as they study hard for the tests. Help us support your students by reminding them that a grade does not define them. Our goal is to help them become happy, well rounded students who are able to enjoy learning and have pride in the effort as well as the success.

RMS Yearbooks On Sale Now

Purchase Your Yearbook Now!!

Things end but memories last forever...with your yearbook. Purchase your yearbook now!

  • Go to
  • Search for Riverwatch Middle School.
  • Click on the icon labeled Yearbook & Ads
  • Follow the instructions on the website.

If you have any questions, please email

Next 8th Grade Field Trip

Our second trip of the year is scheduled for February, 2020. We will visit Mercedes Benz Stadium, the National Center for Civil Rights, World of Coke, and Oakland Cemetery.

See the flier for additional details. Go to My Payments Plus to register and make payment.

Panther Pit Stop - Parents Come Shop on Thursday!

The Holiday Shop has a variety of holiday gifts starting as low as $1. These gifts are perfect for students to purchase for their friends and family or for parents to get additional stocking stuffers. Some of our new items for the holiday season include festive earrings, silver rings and student made wooden ornaments, coasters or picture frames.

All hoodies are discounted to $25 and t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts are $5 off.

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Community News

Screenagers Film Presented By Lambert Vertical Cluster

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

The film will be shown at Lambert High School in the Cafeteria on Wednesday, January 15th. Please use the link below to register so that we can ensure that there is enough space for each viewing. The event is free.


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Transition Information for Parents of 8th Grade Students

Out of District High School Information

Each high school in Forsyth County has specific programs and pathways that are offered. If your child has an interest in one of the pathways offered at a high school other than Lambert High School, you may find information about the process to request an Out of District approval here. Please note that requests are reviewed at the district level and do not guarantee acceptance. You may also visit the Riverwatch Counseling Page on our website for additional information.

PTSO Updates

Want to get involved, volunteer, assist with donations, see what's happening?

Click HERE!

Holiday House Giving Tree - Thank you!!

Thank you to all those that have supported our Giving Tree efforts. We collected about 1200 gift items to help bring smiles this holiday season to some of our RMS families and those that are less fortunate here in Forsyth County. We are grateful for your generosity and support.

Electronic Recycling Drive - January 16-22

Over the holiday months if you are replacing or getting rid of any electronics (flat screen TVs, chrome books, laptops, small kitchen appliances, old Christmas lights, anything that plugs in, etc.) please hold on to them for our electronics recycling drive in January. We would love to keep them out of the landfill.
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Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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